Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Foreign Field (1993)

Director: Charles Sturridge

Writer: Roy Clarke

Composer: Geoffrey Burgon

Starring: Alec Guinness, Leo McKern, Edward Herrmann, John Randolph, Geraldine Chaplin, Lauren Bacall, Dorothy Grumbar, Jeanne Moreau, Michelle Gheleyns-Hue, Cateline Alteirac

More info: IMDb

Plot: Veterans return to Normandie on the 50th anniversary of D Day for their own special and poignant reasons, among them two looking for an old love who turns out to the same woman for both.

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

This feature length TV movie (an episode of SCREEN ONE) may start out like some 'cute but for old people who survived the war' picture but it ends without a dry face in the audience.  There are some good laughs and the characters are likable but man, oh man, does that last half hour pack an emotional wallop!  My face was completely wet by the time the credits rolled.  The performances are solid and so is Roy Clarke's script that starts light and fun and ends heavy and reverential.   Highly recommended. 

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